Nutella Announces Change to Recipe and People Are Outraged

If you're a fan of Nutella, the beloved chocolate hazelnut spread that has taken the world by storm in the last few years, then you might want to sit down to hear this news. In what's being called Nutellagate, Ferrero, the Italian company that owns Nutella, is making a recipe change for the internationally-adored spread.

Fans on social media are not taking kindly to the news that broke when Nutella posted on its German Facebook page that stated it would add more powdered milk, increasing the spread's sugar content. Per CNN Money, the Hamburg Consumer Protection Center stated that the recipe tweak made the chocolate spread lighter in color than the typical deep, rich brown it normally is.

Additionally, powdered skimmed milk increased from 7.5 percent to 8.7 percent in the Nutella ingredients list. The brand posted a tweet stating it was fine-tuning its recipe once the Hamburg report was released.

The Hamburg Consumer Protection Centre, a German consumer group, stated that cocoa lost its rank in the ingredient listing, falling behind a few other ingredients. This signaled to the company that milk powder was added to replace a bit of cocoa. The new Nutella, however, is not going over well with American consumers.

Many Nutella fans are upset by the recipe change because they believe that the new recipe change would indeed make the spread even sweeter, something that many find unnecessary.

And it's true. If you've had the rich spread, you know that just one spoonful can satisfy a chocolate craving and lead to another spoonful, after another, and another until the whole jar is almost empty.

For now, we will just have to see how the new Nutella compares to the tried-and-true Nutella recipe with the increase in skimmed milk powder. While the brand often came under fire in the United States for how decadent and sweet the spread was, many Nutella lovers felt it was like indulging in a chocolate bar.

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